Yakima County Wine

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Yakima Valley, within the Columbia Valley district, became Washington State’s first official AVA in 1983. Wine-making in the valley can be traced back to the early days of the pioneers in the 1860s, but its commercial success didn’t hit until much later. In the 1930s, oenologist Dr. Walter Clore of Washington State University Research Center, established experimental vineyards in the valley. In the 1960s, Charles Nagel is credited with starting the Washington Wine Project focusing on Yakima Valley grapes that were grown by Clore. By the early 1980s, Covey Run and Hogue Cellars had achieved commercial success just before the AVA was designated. Today, Yakima Valley has the most concentrated vine plantings in the state, making up a large percentage of its wine production and grape-sourcing.
 
The cool-climate region is largely protected by a rain shadow formed by the Cascade Mountains. The Yakima river and its tributaries and canals provide the needed irrigation for the wineries Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Mark Ryan Syrah Blend Red Mountain Wild Eyed 2009

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    Tight nose. Pretty floral, violets, red and blue fruit. Good mineral tones. Nice wine! Smooth.93 pts.8/12/11 at tasting room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Water Witch Klipsun Vineyard 2008

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    Rich and opulent nose with eucalyptus and cherry, red and black currant and black plum. Some acid astringency on the palate. Straw and dominated by red fruit. Nice.90 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Long Haul 2008

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    Nice red fruit and fresh straw on the nose. Slight floral aromas. Delicate red berry fruit on the palate with flowers and straw. Nice and smooth. Very tasty!93 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Mark Ryan Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Dead Horse 2008

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    Nose of lush minty red berry fruit. It's bold and lush and the aromas are velvety. Lush and smooth on the palate with supple fruit over polished, mellow tannins. Some nice floral notes. Good structure. Nice wine!94 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate 2008

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    Nose of black cherry, plum, graphite, vanilla and fresh sage, with white pepper. Flavors follow along with thyme and bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder. Understated acid and more fruit driven style. Good structure though and nicely layered. Elegant wine.95 pts.8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

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  • Terra Blanca Signature Series Block 8 Syrah United States-Washington State-Yakima Valley-Red Mountain 2007

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    A powerhouse dominated by cherries and cranberries, toasty oak bringing up the rear. A fine example of Red Mountains character. What a year for Syrah in this growing region! Impressively, this wine was double Gold Medal winner at the Seattle Wine Awards and I can see why!Wineshout.com Read More

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  • Terra Blanca Onyx 2008

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    Dark fruits and cherry. Satiny smooth. Solid tannins and good acidity. A hint of the oak monster mucking about. Good quality-price ratio. The ONYX, a Seattle Wine Awards Gold Medal winner, is winemaker Keith Pilgrims signature Bordeaux blend, which the winery says is a snapshot of the vineyard.Wineshout.com Read More

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  • Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval 2009

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    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, as you would expect from such a blend. The nose presents some lovely black cherry and plum, along with some cinnamon and floral notes. There is also a sweetness in the nose, almost candy-like, which is offset by the aroma of licorice and just a hint of cedar. The taste is a true delight, with a love... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Nota Bene Cellars Red Bordeaux Blend Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2007

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    Nota Bene proves that you don't have to spend $50 for a wine from one of Washington's greatest vineyards. Big, and bold the wine has deep fruit and mando tannic structure, much more than I had expected for a $25 bottle. It shows all the refinement this vineyard is known for. A true value. Read More

    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


  • Andrew Will "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain Washington 2007

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    Andrew Will is definitely a benchmark winery for this region and Ciel du Cheval a benchmark vineyard. Together the make a wonderful example of a "Right Bank" style Bordeaux Blend. Words like sharp, focused and precise come to mind when drinking this wine. It's wine in HD. Cab Franc brings his herby, minerally soul to the party counterpointed... Read More

    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


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